Jose Mourinho vows to stick by plans to change Chelsea’s style of play

Jose Mourinho calls for patience from Chelsea supporters as he looks to implement an all-new attack-minded philosophy

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho signed a four-year deal with Chelsea in June Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has called for patience from Chelsea supporters as he looks to implement an all-new attack-minded philosophy at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues were sent crashing to back-to-back defeats this week as Basel’s shock 2-1 Champions League win at Stamford Bridge compounded last Saturday’s 1-0 reversal at Everton in the league.

Mourinho has been charged with bringing a fresh approach to the west London club following his return to the Blues on a four-year deal this summer.

And although the Portuguese coach is not surprised by the critical reaction to Wednesday’s loss, he vowed to stick by his plans for the team.

“Scrutiny is normal. I’m not surprised, I’m not worried,” said Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Fulham.

“I have a job to do. I know where I want to go and I know the steps I have to give.

“The easiest thing for a new manager is to arrive in a club, not to change, and to go in the same direction.

“If you want to do something different there is a period [of transition]. [But] I understand that if the results are not good, people put some question marks in my direction.”

He continued: “The first thing I have to say is that we lost nothing. We didn’t finish third in the Champions League group, we weren’t relegated to the Europa League and we didn’t finish third in the Premier League.

“We’ve lost one match in the Premier League. The other five contenders for the title – all of them lost a match except Liverpool.

“And in the Champions League we lost a match that we cannot lose – but we were not relegated to the Europa League.

“So if you like to make comparisons, you have to wait because it’s not the way you start, it’s the way you finish.”

The former Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach went into more detail about how he is determined to change Chelsea’s approach.

“I don’t like the way Chelsea has been playing in the last couple of years and the club doesn’t either,” he said. “We want to change, to play a different style. The past is history.

“We want to change and we are going to change. I don’t want to defend as a low block, I don’t want to play long balls to a lone striker.

“I agree we must have better results, I agree at this level that we are not the kind of club that is going to wait two, three, four or five years.

“But I’m not going to change – we want this team to play in a certain way.”

Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports pundit predicts where Arsenal can finish this season
Rio Ferdinand
'I think': Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Chelsea FC in the League Cup
Martin Keown
Martin Keown wants to see Arsenal sign Adama Traore from Wolves
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC Sport pundit declares Man United star Bruno Fernandes is 'back to his best'
Emma Raducanu
Australian Open 2022: Emma Raducanu wins battle of US Open champs with win over Sloane Stephens
Mikel Arteta
Sky Sports pundit predicts where Arsenal can finish this season
Rio Ferdinand
'I think': Rio Ferdinand makes prediction about Chelsea FC in the League Cup
Martin Keown
Martin Keown wants to see Arsenal sign Adama Traore from Wolves
Spurs legend Garth Crooks (Photo: Screengrab / BBC Sport)
BBC Sport pundit declares Man United star Bruno Fernandes is 'back to his best'
Emma Raducanu
Australian Open 2022: Emma Raducanu wins battle of US Open champs with win over Sloane Stephens
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature